Holidays In The Manor House returns to Wildwood Dec. 7-15
Holidays in the Manor House, a Toledo tradition for 38 years, returns to Wildwood Preserve Metropark with an extra day this year: Saturday, December 7, through Sunday, December 15, 2013. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Admission is free. That’s just nine days to enjoy the sparkling displays created by the volunteers who decorate the 32-room mansion differently each year.
This year, the Adam Room will be transformed into a 1960s office Christmas Party reminiscent of the TV show ”Mad Men,” and Elvis will make an appearance in the basement. Upstairs, Clara’s bedroom from The Nutcracker comes to life courtesy of the Toledo Ballet, which is featuring an image of the Manor House in the Act 1 set design for this year’s 75th annual production of the holiday classic.
Holidays in the Manor House will mark the reopening of the Georgian Colonial style mansion, which has been closed for two months during a renovation that included a new, slate roof and 97 refurbished windows. Visitors will notice some interior improvements, too, including new carpet in some rooms.
Above the living room fireplace, observant visitors will notice a “new” feature, which is actually an old feature that has just returned to the house. “Miss Derby,” a painting attributed to John Raphael Smith, of England, originally hung in the same spot when Robert and Page Stranahan lived on the estate, then called Stranleigh. The painting, which is documented in pictures, had been sold by the time Metroparks purchased the property in 1975.
The Manor House was first decorated for the public to enjoy in August, 1975, for a “decorators’ showcase.” The following year, volunteers decorated the house at Christmas time, originally calling the event Homespun Holidays, and the tradition has continued every year since.
Each year, individuals, families and groups create fresh displays, often using their personal collections to depict holiday or winter scenes, and then invite the public into the house for tours. Last year, just over 20,000 people attended the event.
Wildwood Preserve is located at 5100 W. Central Avenue. For the comfort and safety of all guests, no food, drink, pets, backpacks or strollers are permitted.
Holiday Café and Craft Show: Volunteers In Parks will again host the Holiday Café and Craft Show in the recently renovated Metroparks Hall, just a short walk from the Manor House. The VIPs will sell refreshments and rent tables to vendors to sell crafts. The money raised is used to fund park improvements and programs.
Farmhouse Festivities: The charming Farmhouse on Central Avenue at the east entrance to Wildwood Preserve will be the venue for adult and children’s holiday decorating programs during the week of Holidays in the Manor House. For a list of activities through the week, see MetroparksToledo.com.